Field: Japanese Literature
Advisor: Tomi Suzuki
Joshua Rogers is a Ph.D. candidate in modern Japanese literature. His dissertation argues that from the 1890s Japanese intellectuals began to question and reject traditional religion, while at the same time pushing back against the newly ascendant scientific and materialistic worldviews. They sought a middle-ground between science and religion, turning instead to spiritualism, European vitalism, and mysticism. These “enchanted” ideologies in turn shaped the bedrock of views on art, history, and nation for many of modern Japan’s most influential authors.
Joshua graduated from the University of Tokyo with a B.A. in Contemporary Literary Studies in 2012, worked as a freelance Japanese translator for nearly two years, and started his Ph.D. at Columbia in 2013. He recently completed two years of research at Waseda University.